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A Guide To Global Coffee Orders

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Travelling isn’t always easy, no matter how much research you do and how well you speak the language. There’s always some little cultural nuance you’ll miss and there’s mistakes you’ll make. The good thing is though, people appreciate you putting in the effort. By trying you’re already doing better than most, so don’t worry if you get something wrong every now and then. There will be someone who will correct you, and as a result you’ll find your skills growing and developing. Pretty wonderful really. Our coffee vans for sale aren’t just in the UK; we’re a global franchise. That means we’ve picked up a couple of these ever elusive cultural nuances and we’re happy to share.

While we don’t know about everything, we do happen to know our fair share about coffee – both at home and away. There’s nothing worse than going somewhere new and not being able to order a coffee. How are you going to get through the day without it?!

A café is almost always the best way to submerge yourself in a culture anywhere in the world. If you do what the locals do you’ll find a lot more our about the place than you will if you just stick to the usual tourist joints.


Italy is largely considered to be one of the world’s coffee capitals, so if you go, do it right. The Italians don’t order coffee to go, they order espresso and they knock it back like a tequila shot at the counter. Milky drinks are exclusively a morning thing, so ordering an after dinner latte marks you instantly as a clueless tourist. Stick with the simple orders, espressos after meals and macchiatos, cappuccinos or lattes in the morning. The Italians are used to tourists ordering incorrectly, so show that you know you’re stuff by sticking to the basics. If you’re showing off (and are really tired) try a ristretto. These are essentially super espresso. The southern parts of the country drink much stronger drinks, whilst in the north you’ll find there’s more milk present. In coffee vans for sale in the UK lattes are by far the most popular drink, so the chances are your coffee habits will fit in much better in northern Italy than they will in the south.


While in England you might have heard that breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day, in Spain it’s the smallest. Usually you’ll just have a coffee and something small and sweet like churros. So you can forget the cornflakes. Try ordering a café con miel for a sweet treat. It’s made with a shot of espresso, honey, steamed milk and cinnamon. It makes a difference from a mocha but offers a similar intrinsic sweetness.

Perhaps if you invest in coffee vans for sale you could even serve it!


Our coffee vans for sale actually started out down under, so you will find the Australian favourite the flat white on Cafe2U menus all over the world. If you don’t fancy the 24 hour plane trip, contact your local franchise and arrange for them to visit your workplace so you can try a taste of Australia right on your doorstep.

Have a look at this infographic for more worldwide coffee orders.

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